The Real Deal Miami

Walmart-anchored project forces out mobile home tenants

About 30 residents must relocate by month's end
Future Walmart site at Riverbend Marketplace

Future Walmart site at Riverbend Marketplace

About 30 residents at a Fort Lauderdale trailer park must move out by the end of the month to make way for a large Walmart-anchored development.

The Sunset Colony Mobile Home Park residents received their notices last week, the Sun-Sentinel reported. A section of the park is part of the Riverbend Marketplace development site on the south side of Broward Boulevard. Project plans include a Walmart supercenter and space for dozens of other commercial tenants.

Because the tenants have month-to-month leases, state law only requires 15 days’ notice for the park’s closing. One tenant, Michael McCain, has lived in his trailer for 10 years and told the Sun-Sentinel he should have received at least three months’ notice. Park manager Michael Russell claimed the residents got the heads-up about the eventual closing more than a year ago. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis